It is so fascinating how far the eyes can see sometimes beyond the physical and the imminent. Imagine the colors of the world, the spirit of life all in pitch black. After 10, 20 or 30 years of your life you lived within the colors of the world. How would you feel if at the prime of your life you found yourself in darkness, going to be blind?
Blindness or vision loss has become a major public health concern in the United States in recent years. Over 3.3 million 40-year old or over Americans suffer blindness and loss of vision and it was predicted that this might reach to 5.5 million by the year 2020.
Eyesight killers are usually caused by age-related diseases such as cataract (clouding of the lens of the eyes), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration (deterioration of the macula – the structure of the eye that makes you see). In other situations, pregnant women are at a higher risk of eyesight problems due to unstable hormone levels, high blood pressure and diabetes.
It is wise that before any of these happens to you, proper care for the eyes should be strictly observed. The first thing you need to do is to identify the common risks that your eyes might encounter especially outside or if you are at work:
– irritants and corrosives;
– tree branches;
– dust and dirt;
– particles from cutting, drilling, digging and other operations;
– fibers from fiberglass and any other similar materials.
If you are a driller, welder or a carpenter, much care should be given to your eyes. First you have to apply the use of protective eyewear suited for your job and there are some ways you can prevent eye hazards from work or even at home:
– Separate dangerous operations and other work-related processes in isolated areas.
– Use of a good ventilation system may also control fumes and dust.
– Cover dusty surfaces.
– Ensure the proper keeping for sources of mists or vapors and fine dusts.
– Build glass guard around the machines to prevent flying particles and splashing of hazardous liquids.
– Install movable shields around lathes, grinders and similar machines to safeguard other workers.
– Make use of protective screens and wire mesh grids.